A Properly Installed Water Heater Drain Pan Can Prevent Damaging from Leaks
Nobody likes water leaks and the damage to your home that can result from it.
That said, a leaky water heater can lead to flooding which makes this a potentially serious problem, especially since it can result in a great deal of damage to your home’s drywall and/or flooring in the garage, where water heaters are most commonly installed here in Arizona’s Phoenix metro area and Valley of the Sun.
How to Prevent Water Damage from a Leaking Water Heater
Water damage from a leaking water heater can be mitigated or in some cases avoided, with the proper installation of a drain pan underneath the water heater itself. A drain pan offers a simple and cheap way to prevent your hot water heater’s water leakage from potentially wreaking havoc in your home. Another benefit of a water heater drain pan is that it may help in preventing condensation of the flooring.
If you have a drain pan that was improperly installed, it likely won’t prevent water damage to your home if your water heater leaks.
It’s highly recommended that a drain pipe or water outlet pipe be connected to the drain pan which helps to direct water out and away from the walls into a drain line. In this way, as the drain pan fills with leaking water from the hot water heater, that water is then directed out of the pan into a drain line in the floor.
Installing A Drain Pan
As a consumer, you could buy a drain pain for your water heater from a home improvement store. However, for safety reasons, the task of installing the drain pan underneath your water heater and the connecting drain line is really a job best left to a professional.
Additionally, since drain pans are usually made of metal or plastic, there is the risk of cracking or permanently bending/squashing them if not properly installed.